As a registered dietitian, Brandy Durant frequently travels between doctors’ clinics in her hometown of Windsor, Ontario, providing comprehensive advice and counselling on diet and nutrition concerns to hundreds of clients.
Because she’s consistently on the move, it’s important for her to access patient information quickly and efficiently. That goes not only for her own notes and recommendations, but those of the doctors, nurses, personal support workers and other health-care professionals involved in the daily lives of her clients too.
While Brandy is a fictional character, advanced mobile technology is increasingly a must-have for dietitians and other allied health professionals such as occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists who work with doctors and nurses across the health-care continuum. The ability to access secure, reliable data on-the go delivers a range of important benefits to help streamline processes and procedures, alleviate workloads, and ultimately provide better care.
Allied health professionals are key members of any home care agency. They possess a suite of skills and expertise that are needed to adapt to the changing demands of healthcare in society. Here are three vital aspects of their job that are enhanced through access to cutting-edge mobile technology:
I) Patient-centred care: Respecting and tailoring care to each patient’s unique needs, as well as advocating for their well-being, is paramount to positive patient outcomes. For allied health professionals like our dietitian Brandy, cutting-edge mobile technology not only offers real-time access to all relevant information on each patient anywhere at any time, but it allows her to manage administrative details like route mapping for any in-home visits, time tracking, and any required data entry. This lets her streamline tasks, better manage her caseload, and save time that is better spent one-on-one with a patient.
II) Interdisciplinary teams: Allied health professionals must collaborate and communicate across the health-care continuum to ensure that care is constant and reliable. Real-time transmission of information via remote monitoring and data sharing allows entire teams of health care professionals to simultaneously share information on everything from a patient’s health status, eating habits, upcoming medical procedures and more, minimizing unnecessary travel time, follow-ups and errors in reporting. The result is more efficient and more informed patient assessments.
III) Quality improvement: Identifying errors in care and maintaining a routine focus on quality improvement are important aspects of the role of each allied health professional. GPS-based mobile care management systems streamline patient care and recordkeeping, allowing for reduced errors and the ability to flag concerns quickly and easily. Accurate, immediate data reporting through point-of-care documentation also promotes trust and transparency among care providers, while data security technology eliminates paperwork that can get lost or inadvertently destroyed, ensuring the safety and security of a patient’s health information.
At AlayaCare, we understand these skillsets and where mobile technology fits, because we wanted the product we built to be as useful as possible.
AlayaCare’s novel, home care mobile software solution is meant to improve the lives of busy allied health professionals on the go -- and in so doing, their patients. Accessible via laptop, tablet or cell phone, our mobile app offers access to all client information needed at the point of care, reducing errors, saving time, and ultimately ensuring streamlined, effective patient care.
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